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Book Breaks with Carolyn Eastman and "The Strange Genius of Mr. O"
Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host William Roka live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

Join us online on Sunday, June 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) with Carolyn Eastman, as she discusses her book "The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity."

"The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity," uses the career of a performer of the very early nineteenth century to tell a new story about the intersection of political culture and celebrity—at a moment when the United States was in the midst of invention. James Ogilvie's career featured many of the hallmarks of celebrity we recognize from later eras: glamorous friends, eccentric clothing, scandalous religious views, narcissism, and even an alarming drug habit. Yet he captivated audiences with his eloquence and inaugurated a golden age of American oratory. Examining his roller-coaster career and the Americans who admired (or hated) him, this book renders a unique portrait of the United States during the founding era.

Purchase books for Book Breaks at https://bookshop.org/lists/book-breaks.
All purchases support the Gilder Lehrman Institute and independent bookstores.

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

For more information, please contact us at bookbreaks@gilderlehrman.org or visit us at gilderlehrman.org/bookbreaks.

Jun 6, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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